Born on the border world of Chi Rho, Amanda was the result of an illegitimate relationship between SPARTAN-II Commando Cassandra-075 and Lance Corporal Ronald Church. After the birth, she was taken away by ONI agents and placed in the care of Hannah Burchard – a public affairs official in Section Two – under the guise of being a war orphan. At the age of six, in 2537, she was then abducted into Class II of the SPARTAN-II Program, training under Sergeant Major Nolan Byrne for the next eight years to become one of the next generation's supersoldiers.
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'Amanda' is a popular name meaning "worthy of love"
'Carinae' was the name of an exclusive neighborhood in ancient Rome. In-universe, it's also the name of Amanda's maternal grandmother (Cassandra-075's mother).
'Burchard' is a surname, stemming from the Germanic terms burch, meaning "protection", and hard, meaning "hardy" or "brave".
Amanda is similar to Catherine-B320 in some ways; both have one or more prosthetic limbs, and are both capable hackers and intelligence specialists. However, most of this was unintentional, as Amanda was initially planned to have a different skill set.
Amanda's status as a Section One operative is a tribute to the author's trademark character, Laszlo-108, who was previously a Section One operative until it was changed to the Covert Operations Group to allow for more writing freedom.